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Liberal boys hold off Panthers

Great Bend High School Panther Jacob Murray (23) drives against Liberal High Redskin Alex Carrillo (3) in the Panthers' home contest Friday night. Co-WAC leader Liberal beat Great Bend 50-38.

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 BY JIM MISUNAS

jmisunas@gbtribune.com

Great Bend’s hard-nosed boys basketball team knows the script all too well.

Brilliant play by Kody Crosby and Brayden Smith and a hard-nosed defensive effort will keep the Panthers within range.

But one poor streak of basketball will typically cost the Panthers a chance at a victory.

Smith played all-world defense on 6-foot-6 Deladris Green and worked for 15 points. Crosby accounted for the Panthers’ first eight points.

But a 13-0 first-quarter streak by Liberal ignited a 50-38 Western Athletic Conference victory over Great Bend (3-11, 0-4 WAC) Friday.

Liberal’s Cade Hinkle ...


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